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HINDSIGHT IS STILL 20/20

Winter Star - Breeder Summerhill Stud
Winter Star - Breeder Summerhill Stud

Mick Goss receives the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup winning breeder trophy on behalf of Summerhill Stud

from Emperors Palace COO Bob Yearham

(Photo : JC Photos)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Turffontein, Turf, 1400m

2 November 2013

Mick Goss - Summerhill CEO
Mick Goss - Summerhill CEO

Mick Goss

Summerhill CEOFor a race that was recently stripped by NHA of its accruals to breeders and stallions for statistical purposes, the 7th running of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup has once again stood its ground not only against the Group One form of the past season, but to the outcomes of Saturday’s Group races. Of course, there’ll be all sorts of opinions about that, but no-one can deny the facts, because they’re in black and white. Lined up on Saturday were five Group One runners of the past season (Umgiyo, Judicial, Admiral’s Eye, Dover Beach and the “Cup” heroine, Winter Star), while the collateral from Saturday’s form was Pej’s neck second to Copiaco on their previous start; Copiaco was narrowly beaten in the Starling Stakes (Gr.3), while Pej picked up the R100,000 cheque on offer for eighth place in the Cup (though it has to be said, from a 14 barrier slot.)

In the event, Winter Star took the Cup’s honours as well as the R1.25million cheque in convincing style for “rookie” trainer Johan Janse van Vuuren and his young Mauritian client, Vicky Veeramootoo, a memorable training feat, not only for the fact that her trainer has only been in the business a short while, but also given that she went down with a virus in the week immediately before, and went into the race “cold”. Judicial was third, Arcetri Pink fifth and Admiral’s Eye sixth, while Pej was eighth, as we’ve said.

This was a high-class renewal of a race that long ago established itself as decidedly Group-class, and if you consider not only what it does for racing, the “buzz” it brings to the track and the competition it has provided for the nation’s “Big 3”, it’s a sad day for the game that there’s not a penny’s worth of recognition by the NHA for either the breeder or the sire of any candidate in the field. All the more so, because in every other major racing country in the world, these sales races have been identified for what they’re worth, and their accruals count for every bit as much as any other race in those countries. Remember the establishment’s outcry when Kerry Packer revolutionised cricket, and what that did for the game? You wonder what cricket would have done to survive if it hadn’t been for Packer’s innovations, and while the purists prophesied the death knell for the gentlemens’ game, all that’s happened is that it developed an entirely new fan base and now we have 20/20! To hell with it all: the “buzz” on the course and the result of the sale tells us that at least someone out there appreciates what the Cup has done for the game.

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A TALE OF TWO SALES

Ready To Run Sale 2013
Ready To Run Sale 2013

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Complex, South Africa

1 & 3 November 2013

Mick Goss - Summerhill CEO
Mick Goss - Summerhill CEO

Mick Goss

Summerhill CEOThere were some who said that the disparity between Friday’s trade at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, and Sunday’s, was a stronger catalogue for the latter, and while there may have been some merit in that argument, it can’t have accounted for all of it. Last November, Friday was every bit as buoyant as Sunday, but it seems this year’s two days got their scripts from different playbooks. Friday’s turnaround suggested that buyers felt they’d over-indulged last year, but come Sunday, that was a distant memory. The opening day’s average was almost 14% off last year’s figure, yet Sunday’s numbers not only overcame the backlog, but were within 3.2% of the corresponding figure, and given that Bloodstock South Africa were pushing the boundaries in a sale we’ve always advertised as offering the “best odds in the world” with an additional 48 lots (which generally mitigates against maintaining averages), an overall average of R215,940 (last year R222,241), has to be a respectable result. The big difference though, was the strength at every level of last year’s sale, whereas the 2013 version saw a bigger gap between the upper and lower markets.

South Africans are nothing if not resilient, enterprising and strong-spirited, and they “never-said-die” when the legions of foreigners climbed in with meaning. Of course, battling against the dollar is like trying to take on America in a nuclear war, and in the end, buyers from Hong Kong, Denmark, Norway, Brazil and Germany signed for more than R20million of the aggregate of R47million. When more than 40% of your turnover is accounted for from abroad, you have to take your hat off to the work Peter Gibson and his team at the South African Equine Trade Council have done in attracting these people to our shores, particularly given the difficulties we still have with our export protocols, and the time it takes to get the horses out.

It’s comforting to know that these guys think enough of our local bloodstock (and they were full of praise at the sale) to walk that gauntlet and still come away smiling. I have to say, having made their acquaintance, that we couldn’t have asked for a nicer bunch of customers either. Another encouraging sign was the performance this year of local-breds. This sale has been characterised by a healthy representation of horses from abroad, and while several of those made good money (not all, but certainly those in our draft), the locals fought their corners determinedly.

On the subject of stallions, you might have expected the Kahals to box well, and they did (average R207,500), but you’d never have thought he’d be outboxed by Admire Main, who had an average of R243,571 off sales of R525,000, R425,000, R225,000, R200,000, R140,000 and R130,000. The market obviously likes Admire Main’s stock; trainers seem to love them, owners seem to love them, jockeys seem to have a healthy respect for them, and off these numbers, he should be irresistible to breeders, too. Our customers obviously know that he’s a son of one of history’s great stallions, that he was the second best colt of his generation, and they’ve seen enough of his runners to date, to know that his future is bright.

While there are hard-luck stories in every sale we’ve ever attended (and we have a few of our own), given the fact that this sale held up as well as it did in the face of a couple of distractive announcements from another sales outfit, says something for our customers (among them, I should add to their credit, some of the principals behind that outfit), who stuck to their guns and voted with their feet. There’s an unwritten code among sales companies abroad that you don’t step on another man’s toes in circumstances such as these, but I guess in the hurly-burly of business, “all’s fair in love and war”, and at least we’re still here to tell the tale!

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THE CUP : A STAR IS BORN

Winter Star - Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup
Winter Star - Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

Watch Winter Star winning the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

(Image: JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Turffontein, Turf, 1400m

2 November 2013

The R3million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup produced the finish of the afternoon at Turffontein on Saturday. Winter Star’s terrific win celebrated a career high for trainer Johan Janse van Vuuren who is only in his second season of training.

Full marks to the organisers and the marketing brains trust behind this race. The build up and hype in the weeks leading into it were marked by speculation and debate amongst racing enthusiasts. This was fuelled by the publication of regular logs to show the standings in the queue of those desperate for a grab at the big cash on offer.

In the end it was eleven fillies and five colts that cracked the nod and lined up. It was also hardly surprising to see a member of the fairer sex win it. Although outnumbered, the boys were not disgraced, when they took the next three place cheques. The tenth placed Artic Route, who finished 7,75 lengths adrift, picked up the last prize of R65,000.

With Umgiyo and Dover Beach slow away, MN Byleveld did not hesitate to take the Cape raider Manievic up to lead from Mount Hillaby and Nisa’s Love.

Into the home run these two continued to gallop strongly as Robbie Fradd drove Arcetri Pink down the middle as the Woodruff import loomed up dangerously.

But with all the apparent action in the middle, the high riding Glen Hatt brought the Solskjaer filly Winter Star down the inside with a determined challenge.

Winter Star slipped down the inside rail and ran on powerfully to beat the gallant Mullins Bay colt Mount Hillaby by 1.25 lengths in a time of 84,71secs.

Piere Strydom produced Tyrone Zackey’sJudicial down the wide outside, and the son of Miesque’s Approval flew late to run a cracking, and what at one stage, looked a highly unlikely third.

The Cape visitor Manievic was prominent for much of the journey, but ran out of steam late to finish fourth. The son of Var was the worst drawn of the placed runners, and ran an honest race under the circumstances.

The 31 year old Van Vuuren learnt his trade in one of South Africa’s top yards. The elite Geoff Woodruff ‘college of equine knowledge’ was Van Vuure’s foundation stone and he started there at the bottom of the ladder as an 18 year old some thirteen years ago.

Van Vuuren saddled his first runner for his own account in November 2012.

He was introduced to winning owner Vicky Veeramootoo by Donavan Mansour, who had met him when he was riding in Mauritius.

The winner was quite appropriately bred by SA champion breeders Summerhill Stud and is by Solskjaer out of the three time winning Exclusive Patriot mare, Winter Dimension.

Winter Star cost just R100,000 at the famous sale and has now won 4 races with 1 place from six starts for total stakes of R1,423,625.

That is the kind of quick return on investment that any owner dreams of.

While Cape Thoroughbred Sales threw a curved ball into the field of play on the eve of this big race with the announcement of their own $1 million race for the Cape in January 2016, there will no doubt be some out of the box thinking to counter the challenge.

As long as racing wins, we are all happy.

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PHOTOS FROM READY TO RUN 2013

Ready To Run 2013 Photos
Ready To Run 2013 Photos

Click above to view photos from Ready To Run 2013…

(Photos : Heather Morkel)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

2013

A few photos from the

2013 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

; including the

Emperors Palace Cocktail Party

,

TBA Sales Complex and Sales auditorium

and the

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

day at Turffontein.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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2013 EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE CLOSES STEADY

TBA Sales Ring - Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale
TBA Sales Ring - Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

Dr Michael Tang and Hong Kong visitors in the TBA Sales Auditorium

(Photo : Heather Morkel)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Complex, South Africa

1 & 3 November 2013

The final day of trading of the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale took place on Sunday. There were mixed messages from the sale’s figures, but they look in line with reality, as last year’s catalogue is regarded as exceptionally strong. The two day sale ended with the aggregate up 21% on last year’s sale, rising from R38.67 million in 2012 to R47.075 million. However, the average dropped, albeit by just 2.8%, from R222,241 to R215,940.

The median remained steady, falling slightly from R145,000 to R140,000 in 2013. While 19 horses failed to find a buyer, vendor buy backs dropped this year from 16 to 6.

A large overseas contingent of Hong Kong buyers played a vital role in the sale. They purchased a combined total of 19 horses for an aggregate of just over R6 million, and clearly appreciated both the quality of horse on sale, and the tremendous value for money that South African bloodstock offered them.

Six lots fetched R1,000,000 plus, with the sales topper an Australian bred, Encosta De Lago colt. Consigned by Summerhill, the striking colt was purchased by Adriaan Van Vuuren for R1,800,000. Catalogued as lot 104, the colt, named Intandokazi was produced by the stakes placed Flying Spur mare, Bella Princess.

Another Australian bred, lot 113, was the sales’ top priced filly. A daughter of champion 2-year-old, and leading sire, Teofilo, the unnamed filly was snapped up by Form Bloodstock for R1,200,000.

Van Vuuren was the sales leading buyer, purchasing six lots for a gross total of R4,920,000. His Misty Meadows Stable purchased four of the sales’ top ten lots.

Leading vendor at the Ready To Run Sale was Summerhill Stud, whose 66 lots to sell fetched R16,780,000.

KwaZulu-Natal’s leading sire Kahal topped the sires list by aggregate. His 28 lots to sell amassed R5,810,000, at an average price of R207,500. Top sire, by average, was the late, great Western Winter, whose four lots to sell fetched R3,600,000 - at the impressive average of R900,000.

The TBA’s CEO, Tom Callaghan, was delighted with a number of aspects of sale - especially the contribution of the overseas contingent. He commented, “2014 is the year of the horse! The Chinese and Hong Kong contribution have hugely helped to boost the sale. While the aggregate is up 21%, there were more horses on sale this year. We would like to thank the overseas buyers, and in particularly, Racing South Africa and SAETREC, who have both been active in highlighting the quality of South African bloodstock. While the average is down from last year, it must be remembered the 2012 catalogue was a truly exceptional one. While we had a very tough day on Friday, there was a great attendance on Sunday, when things really picked up. Thank you to all the vendors involved with the sale, and I feel that overall the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale was a good one.”

Summerhill Stud’s Mick Goss was reflective following the sale. He said, “It was great to see more active bidding on Sunday, and that the momentum gained throughout the sale. The importance of foreign buyers at this sale can’t be overstated, and hats off to the trade council, who have helped make their participation a reality. If we believe the number of yearlings microchipped this year, racing really needs to look to supplement this number (2000). Racing can’t thrive on small fields, and this really needs to be looked at. However, as long as we continue to embody the spirit of our countrymen, and attract more foreign support, South African racing will yet prosper!”

A full list of prices, statistics and horse passed through are available here : tba.co.za/bsa/price.php?url=2013rtr

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VICKY VEERAMOOTOO STRIKES CUP GOLD WITH WINTER STAR

Monique Mansour, Bob Yearham, Vicky Veeramootoo, Donovan Mansour, Johan Janse van Vuuren - Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup
Monique Mansour, Bob Yearham, Vicky Veeramootoo, Donovan Mansour, Johan Janse van Vuuren - Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

R3Million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup presentation ceremony

(l-r) Monique Mansour, Bob Yearham, Vicky Veeramootoo, Donovan Mansour, Johan Janse van Vuuren

(Photo : JC Photos)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Turffontein, South Africa

2 November 2013

The richest race on yesterday’s Charity Mile race day at Turffontein, the R3-million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, was an excellent advertisement for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale taking place at the TBA Sales Grounds in Germiston over the weekend.

Winter Star (Solskjaer - Winter Dimension), trained by the youthful Johan Janse van Vuuren, landed a winning cheque of R1.25-million for owner Vicky Veeramootoo of Mauritius - who bought the filly on last year’s sale for just R100,000.

Driven on from the irons by Glen Hatt, the three-year-old Summerhill-bred overhauled fellow Summerhill-bred Mount Hillaby (Mullins Bay - Hill Of Plenty), trained by Dominic Zaki and ridden by Fanie Chambers, who looked the likely winner 250m out.

The second-placed Mount Hillaby was purchased for R80,000 on last year’s Ready To Run sale and landed a prize of R600,000, while third-placed Judicial cost R260,000 and delivered his owners a purse of R400,000 on the day.

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Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park

Lots 1-110 • Friday 1st November

Lots 111-248 • Sunday 3rd November

Read more Summerhill News

from the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

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Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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WINTER STAR LANDS EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Winter Star - Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup
Winter Star - Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

R3 MILLION

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Turffontein, Turf, 1400m

2 November 2013

(Summerhill Graduates denoted by yellow)

Pos

Horse

Sire

Sex

Kg

MR

Dr

Trainer

Jockey

Price (ZAR)

1

WINTER STAR

Solskjaer

Filly

55.5

104

4

J Janse Van Vuuren

G Hatt

100,000

2

MOUNT HILLABY

Mullins Bay

Colt

58.0

89

1

D Zaki

S Chambers

80,000

3

JUDICIAL

Miesque’s Approval

Colt

58.0

90

9

T Zackey

P Strydom

vbb

4

MANIEVIC

Var

Colt

58.0

88

13

V Marshall

M Byleveld

375,000

5

ARCETRI PINK (AUS)

Rock Of Gibraltar

Filly

55.5

102

6

G Woodruff

R Fradd

vbb

6

ADMIRAL’S EYE

Admire Main

Filly

55.5

102

16

C Laird

S Cormack

340,000

7

CELTIC LEGEND

Stronghold

Filly

55.5

86

5

M de Kock

K Latham

300,000

8

PEJ

Kahal

Filly

55.5

91

14

C Laird

K Shea

240,000

9

ENCHANTED SILK

Kahal

Filly

55.5

88

12

S Tarry

R Danielson

150,000

10

ARTIC ROUTE

Solskjaer

Filly

55.5

85

2

L Houdalakis

C Maujean

60,000

11

DOVER BEACH

Mullins Bay

Filly

55.5

87

15

M Azzie

G Lerena

80,000

12

PRINCESS CREO

Kahal

Filly

55.5

85

3

J Snaith

R Fourie

300,000

13

USISI (AUS)

Rock Of Gibraltar

Filly

55.5

85

11

R Magner

I Sturgeon

425,000

14

DULY ORDAINED (AUS)

Encosta Da Lago

Colt

58.0

96

7

M de Kock

A Marcus

350,000

15

UMGIYO (AUS)

Danehill Dancer

Colt

58.0

105

17

M de Kock

A Delpech

525,000

16

NISA’S LOVE

Kahal

Filly

55.5

90

10

C Laird

G Cheyne

375,000

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, Germiston, South Africa

Sunday 1st & 3rd November 2013

For more information, please visit :

www.tba.co.za

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup • Saturday 2nd November

Lots 1-110 • Friday 1st November

Lots 111-248 • Sunday 3rd November

Read more Summerhill News

from the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

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Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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READY TO RUN DAY 1 : IT WASN'T QUITE GUY FAWKES YET

Lot 82: Banda (Kahal x Winter Wish)
Lot 82: Banda (Kahal x Winter Wish)

Lot 82: Banda (Kahal x Winter Wish) F

(Photo : Leigh Willson)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Complex, South Africa

1 & 3 November 2013

DAY 1

mick goss
mick goss

Mick Goss

Summerhill CEOAfter the fireworks last November, you might have expected something of a correction in the market at the opening session of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale yesterday, and there was. There were mixed signals leading into the sale, with a significantly increased attendance from the nation’s leading trainers (a good sprinkling from all three major centres), as well as a fairly strong presence of Hong Kong, Singapore, American, German, French and Swedish buyers on the grounds. What was missing though, was the legions of owners and their families on the sales grounds in the days leading up to it.

In the outcome, the top end of the market was characteristically solid (a Summerhill-consigned colt led the charge at R1.8million), but the middle and under-belly was “patchy”, resulting in a 13% reduction in average from R223,750 to R192,644; that said, the median held-up pretty well, dropping just 7% from R140,000 to R130,000. The new “White Knight’ of the racing game has to be the indomitable Adriaan van Vuuren, whose identity as a major player was unveiled at last year’s Ready To Run sale, where he took home Die Kat at a cool R2million (how’s that for a debut?), and last evening signed for the sale-topper, Intandokazi, for himself and his wife Rika. That was the good news, but the bad news was his disclosure afterwards that he was willing to pay a new South African record of R5million for the colt, if needs be! His reasoning was that he’d been trying to find a decent son of Encosta De Lago, but had missed out on his trip to Sydney, and it was as though this fellow was pre-ordained! The battle for this prize kicked off as an internecine scrap between two Hong Kong teams, then KZN’s emerging “king”, Alesh Naidoo, jumped in all on his own, and slugged away to the R1.5million mark, at which point Jehan Malherbe picked up the cudgels for Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai. It eventually got a bit hot in the kitchen for these fellows though, as Michael Azzie, in the fashion for which we’ve come to know him, fired back the moment there was an opposing bid, to blast everyone out of the water for the van Vuurens.

One feature of the sale which stood out vividly, was a renewed vigour in the pursuit of fillies with strong breeding credentials, with American buyers Robert and Susan Lynch joining the fray on Banda (who fell to the bid of top Cape-conditioner, Dean Kannemeyer at R350,000); big Cape owner Keith Steinberg snapping up the Trippi filly Mbabala for Ready To Run maestro, Louis Goosen at R325,000 and the owner of last weekend’s impressive maiden winner, Ikimasu (by Admire Main), Hylton Odendaal and the Alexander boys, shelling out a solid R350,000 for Defining Looks, a half-sister to Lostintranslation from the family of J&B Met hero, Angus, and the Golden Slipper (Gr.1) ace, Dignify. They’ve obviously been reading our blogs, they’ve done the maths, and they know that there will inevitably be a significant shortage of sales stock in the next year or two. The national broodmare band has been heavily culled, and holders of quality breeding stock will be the winners. Just a year ago, these young “ladies’ would have cost R500,000 plus, so this was a golden opportunity.

If there was a slight lack of “gas” around yesterday’s session, there was no lack of it in the Emperors Palace breakfast room this morning, and there was a broad consensus among attendees that tomorrow’s catalogue is a few steps up on Friday’s. That might raise the temperature a bit for tomorrow, while the outcome of the R3million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup could well inject new “fire” (not to mention cash) into the bellies of buyers. The Lebanese contingent were here in numbers yesterday, and there were more than a few who promised to pass the confessional on their way to Mass tomorrow morning; you never know what that might do for the final numbers with the forgiveness of the Lord in their hearts!

Click here to view full results from Day 1 of the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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BUYERS' MARKET ON READY TO RUN DAY ONE

Lot 36: Defining Looks (Trippi x Snooty Lady)
Lot 36: Defining Looks (Trippi x Snooty Lady)

Lot 36: Defining Looks (Trippi x Snooty Lady) F

(Photo : Leigh Willson)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Complex, South Africa

1 & 3 November 2013

DAY 1

A tough day of trading came to an end on Friday at the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale. The aggregate dropped from R20,585,000 in 2012 to R16,760,000 and whilst the median fell just 8%, the average price took a hard knock, falling from R223,750 to R192,644.

However there were a number of positive aspects to have emerged from the first day of the sale. Most notably, the fact that the TBA complex greeted a number of high-profile buyers from all over the world. Buyers flocked to the sale from places such as the Far East, France and the UK, to confirm the high ranking that this Ready To Run sale has in the South African racing calendar.

Day one of the two day Ready To Run Sale was topped by an Australian bred colt. Catalogued as lot 104, the son of champion Australian sire Encosta De Lago was snapped up by Adriaan van Vuuren for R1,800,000.

The Summerhill Stud consigned bay is out of a stakes placed daughter of Golden Slipper winner and leading sire Flying Spur (himself a close relation of Encosta De Lago). The handsome colt has been named Intandokazi.

Two fillies fetched R350,000 apiece, to become the joint top fillies sold on day one of the sale.

The first filly to fetch R350,000 was lot 36, a daughter of the highly successful Trippi, whose daughters include the likes of For The Lads, Hammie’s Hooker and Franny. The attractive bay, cleverly named Defining Looks, is a half-sister to the ill-fated Guineas fourth Lostintranslation, and is out of a full sister to J&B Met winner, Angus. Consigned by Summerhill Sales, the bay was knocked down to H.B. Odendaal.

The second filly to fetch R350,000 was lot 82, a beautifully bred daughter of KwaZulu-Natal sire, Kahal. Another consigned by Summerhill, the chestnut miss is out of the stakes winner of five, Winter Wish (a daughter of the deceased champion Western Winter). She was purchased by Cape conditioner Dean Kannemeyer who has enjoyed plenty of success with Ready to Run graduates previously.

While the sale’s start was a tough one, there is an optimisim that Sunday’s session could boost the overall stats.

TBA CEO, Tom Callaghan, admitted after the sale, “It is definitely a buyer’s market at the moment. While stats dropped markedly, the one positive to be taken is the relatively small decline in median. I am confident that Sunday’s session, with a stronger quality of horse on offer, can prove a competitive and positive result.”

Summerhill Stud’s Mick Goss shared Callaghan’s sentiments following day one’s closure. He commented, “While the first day had its moments, it was without question, a buyer’s market. However, there was good money for the good horses, and I am confident that Sunday’s session will be a good one for all concerned.”

A full list of statistics and results for the first day of the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale is available on www.tba.co.za. Day two kicks off on Sunday 3 November at 2:00 pm, and there will be live stream coverage of the final session on both the TBA website and Summerhill Stud Blog.

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ENCOSTA DE LAGO COLT TOPS READY TO RUN DAY ONE

Lot 104: Intandokazi (Encosta De Lago x Bella Princess)
Lot 104: Intandokazi (Encosta De Lago x Bella Princess)

Lot 104: Intandokazi (AUS) (Encosta De Lago x Bella Princess) C

(Photo : Leigh Willson)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Complex, South Africa

1 & 3 November 2013

DAY 1

As the first day of trading at the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale drew to a close on Friday evening, a new sales topper emerged in the form of an immaculately bred son of leading Australian sire, Encosta De Lago.

Consigned by Summerhill Stud, as the property of a partnership, the bay was knocked down to Mike Azzie for R1,800,000 making him the sale topper.

Out of a stakes placed Flying Spur mare, the colt, catalogued as Lot 104, has been named Intandokazi.

From an outstanding family, this blue blooded colt has a pedigree which screams potential stud value. His immediate relatives include the Australian Group One winner, and millionaire, Heart Of Dreams, and, further back, is no less a legend than Vaguely Noble.

Extract from Bloodstock South Africa

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Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

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SNAPPED AT THE EMPERORS PALACE COCKTAIL PARTY

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cocktail Evening
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cocktail Evening

Bob Yearham and Mick Goss with Neil Andrews and host of celebrities at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cocktail Evening

(Photo : Heather Morkel)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN COCKTAIL PARTY

Emperors Palace

31 October 2013

PRIDE, PIZZAZ AND PALACES!

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup • Saturday 2nd November

Lots 1-110 • Friday 1st November

Lots 111-248 • Sunday 3rd November

summerhill stud, south africa
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Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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RICH DAD, POOR DAD

Winter Star Horse
Winter Star Horse

Current favourite, Winter Star, picked up the number 4 berth for Mauritian owner Vicky Meeramootoo

and “rookie” trainer, Johan Janse van Vuuren

(Photo : JC Photos)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Turffontein, South Africa

2 November 2013

Mick Goss - Summerhill CEO
Mick Goss - Summerhill CEO

Mick Goss

Summerhill CEOWould you like the good news or the bad news first? The good news is that eleven of the eighteen in Saturday’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup were graduates of the Summerhill draft last November, and they’re lining up for the richest Ready To Run prize in the world. The bad news though, is that many of our candidates (and especially the more fancied ones) drew in the sticks, and so there’ll be a couple of worried souls out there trying to work out how to overcome that adversity. A chat with Sean Tarry this morning was a little reassuring however, when he reminded me that the draw at Turffontein, whilst always material, is not necessarily the kiss of death it can be at the tighter tracks like Greyville. Much of it depends on the horse of course, because, if you’re on board a forward-running type, you have to “use” your mount quite a bit from the outside in order to get a position. With this kind of money on the line, they usually land running, and there’s seldom a shortage of pace. That said, if you’re a come-from-behind sort, for the same reason and the bulk of the field “flying” early, you can tuck yourself into a neat spot towards the back, right on the rail. Shortest way home, they call it.

A couple of years back, when Mike de Kock had Imbongi in the race, I was asked by the organisers to assist with the draw out at the Vaal. The champion trainer had three entries all told, and they all drew in the bush. The phone rang on the once-peaceful journey from the racecourse to the yard, and what started out as an hour’s contemplation, was suddenly shattered with the words: “With friends like you, who needs enemies?!” It’s a matter of history now that Imbongi ran second, and went on to be champion miler of his generation. While I was not involved in yesterday’s draw, I did form part of the packed gallery in the studio, and I couldn’t help thinking by the end of the proceedings, that Charles Laird must have been asking the same question. He has three entries this year, and his closest slot was 10. Alongside me was his big patron, Alesh Naidoo, owner of Admiral’s Eye and Nisa’s Love, and you have to hand it to the man, he handled the “bad news” in his usual cheerful way. Alesh is nothing if he’s not a tactician though, and within minutes it seemed he’s already worked it out.

De Kock’s “hot” fancy, Umgiyo, a R520,000 graduate of our draft, found himself almost in Turf Club Street in 17, but if anybody can get him into a “hotspot”, it will be master pilot, Anthony Delpech. The only two Summerhill runners with favourable poles were Mount Hillaby (1); that’ll give former Jockey Club chair, Larry Nestadt and Dominic Zaki something to cheer about, while the current favourite, Winter Star, picked up the number 4 berth for Mauritian owner Vicky Meeramootoo and “rookie” trainer, Johan Janse van Vuuren. There’s been talk around the grounds that she’s spiked a bit of a “temp” late last week, but the news this morning was that she’s already over it, and should be good for Saturday.

The doomsayers have been predicting a rainy week, but Sean Tarry’s weather app says we’re in good shape through the weekend. I guess it depends how full your glass is. We’ll go with Sean.

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Final Field 

#

Horse

Sire

Sex

Kg

MR

Dr

Trainer

Jockey

Price (ZAR)

1

UMGIYO (AUS)

Danehill Dancer

Colt

58.0

105

17

M de Kock

A Delpech

525,000

2

DULY ORDAINED (AUS)

Encosta Da Lago

Colt

58.0

96

7

M de Kock

A Marcus

350,000

3

JUDICIAL

Miesque’s Approval

Colt

58.0

90

9

T Zackey

P Strydom

vbb

4

MOUNT HILLABY

Mullins Bay

Colt

58.0

89

1

D Zaki

S Chambers

80,000

5

MANIEVIC

Var

Colt

58.0

88

13

V Marshall

M Byleveld

375,000

6

WINTER STAR

Solskjaer

Filly

55.5

104

4

J Janse Van Vuuren

G Hatt

100,000

7

ADMIRAL’S EYE

Admire Main

Filly

55.5

102

16

C Laird

S Cormack

340,000

8

ARCETRI PINK (AUS)

Rock Of Gibraltar

Filly

55.5

102

6

G Woodruff

R Fradd

vbb

9

PEJ

Kahal

Filly

55.5

91

14

C Laird

K Shea

240,000

10

NISA’S LOVE

Kahal

Filly

55.5

90

10

C Laird

G Cheyne

375,000

11

ENCHANTED SILK

Kahal

Filly

55.5

88

12

S Tarry

R Danielson

150,000

12

DOVER BEACH

Mullins Bay

Filly

55.5

87

15

M Azzie

G Lerena

80,000

13

CELTIC LEGEND

Stronghold

Filly

55.5

86

5

M de Kock

K Latham

300,000

14

ARTIC ROUTE

Solskjaer

Filly

55.5

85

2

L Houdalakis

C Maujean

60,000

15

PRINCESS CREO

Kahal

Filly

55.5

85

3

J Snaith

R Fourie

300,000

16

USISI (AUS)

Rock Of Gibraltar

Filly

55.5

85

11

R Magner

I Sturgeon

425,000

Reserve Runners

17

FRANCOIS P

Captain Al

Colt

58.0

90

18

M Azzie

Reserve 1

425,000

18

DIAMOND DIVA

Solskjaer

Filly

55.5

85

8

G Van Zyl

Reserve 2

80,000

National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa

Correct as at 29 October 2013

Summerhill runners denoted by yellow

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

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Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP 2013 : FINAL FIELD

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup 2013
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup 2013

R3 MILLION

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Turffontein, Turf, 1400m

2 November 2013

(Summerhill Graduates denoted by yellow)

#

Horse

Sire

Sex

Kg

MR

Dr

Trainer

Jockey

Price (ZAR)

1

UMGIYO (AUS)

Danehill Dancer

Colt

58.0

105

17

M de Kock

A Delpech

525,000

2

DULY ORDAINED (AUS)

Encosta Da Lago

Colt

58.0

96

7

M de Kock

A Marcus

350,000

3

JUDICIAL

Miesque’s Approval

Colt

58.0

90

9

T Zackey

P Strydom

vbb

4

MOUNT HILLABY

Mullins Bay

Colt

58.0

89

1

D Zaki

S Chambers

80,000

5

MANIEVIC

Var

Colt

58.0

88

13

V Marshall

M Byleveld

375,000

6

WINTER STAR

Solskjaer

Filly

55.5

104

4

J Janse Van Vuuren

G Hatt

100,000

7

ADMIRAL’S EYE

Admire Main

Filly

55.5

102

16

C Laird

S Cormack

340,000

8

ARCETRI PINK (AUS)

Rock Of Gibraltar

Filly

55.5

102

6

G Woodruff

R Fradd

vbb

9

PEJ

Kahal

Filly

55.5

91

14

C Laird

K Shea

240,000

10

NISA’S LOVE

Kahal

Filly

55.5

90

10

C Laird

G Cheyne

375,000

11

ENCHANTED SILK

Kahal

Filly

55.5

88

12

S Tarry

R Danielson

150,000

12

DOVER BEACH

Mullins Bay

Filly

55.5

87

15

M Azzie

G Lerena

80,000

13

CELTIC LEGEND

Stronghold

Filly

55.5

86

5

M de Kock

K Latham

300,000

14

ARTIC ROUTE

Solskjaer

Filly

55.5

85

2

L Houdalakis

C Maujean

60,000

15

PRINCESS CREO

Kahal

Filly

55.5

85

3

J Snaith

R Fourie

300,000

16

USISI (AUS)

Rock Of Gibraltar

Filly

55.5

85

11

R Magner

I Sturgeon

425,000

Reserve Runners

17

FRANCOIS P

Captain Al

Colt

58.0

90

18

M Azzie

Reserve 1

425,000

18

DIAMOND DIVA

Solskjaer

Filly

55.5

85

8

G Van Zyl

Reserve 2

80,000

National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa

Correct as at 29 October 2013

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, Germiston, South Africa

Sunday 1st & 3rd November 2013

For more information, please visit :

www.tba.co.za

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Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

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THE READY TO RUN - PRIDE, PIZZAZ AND PALACES

Summerhill Stud - Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale
Summerhill Stud - Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Complex, South Africa

1 & 3 November 2013

It’s not only about the cash: it’s also a matter of style. Wherever you go in the horseracing world, you’ll find races that have stood the test of time, where the fans turn up in their droves for the sake of the rush, as much as the “dosh”. On the first Saturday in May, 165,000 aficionados jam themselves into the infield at Churchill Downs for the annual renewal of the Kentucky Derby. By no means the most valuable race in the land of the free, the pangs of “My old Kentucky home’, limitless quantities of mint julep and 135 years of history-making, render it the most compelling of all American racing spectacles.

The first Saturday in June has been the preserve of the English Derby at Epsom Downs for more than three centuries; that it’s not the richest race on the calendar and despite its contestation over the world’s “quirkiest” racecourse, does nothing to detract from the fact that the Derby remains the biggest crowd-puller in British sport.

Back home, the Durban July is the best-endowed sporting event on the African continent, though it wasn’t always so. Several pretenders have usurped that title from time-to-time, but it matters not: however many turn up on the outer fields after a Kings Park rugby test, there’s nothing to touch the infield at the Durban July when they line-up for the “thirteenth”. A  hundred and sixteen memories, countless heroes, assassinations, betting coups, breed-shaping characters and incomparable competition guarantee the “July’s” status as the nation’s favourite sporting spectacle, and if you’re in the racehorse game, the one thing we all want above any, is a place among the twenty on the way to the post, not one of the 60,000 in the crowd.

Which brings us a little closer to home, and the “little” matter of the world’s richest Breeze-Up race. The Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup is only up for its 7th renewal, but already it’s carved an enviable niche in the annals of our game, with four Guineas winners, any number of millionaires, and talking of the “July”, a winner and two runners-up in the past three years. As a big race precursor, there’s nothing to touch it, but there’s more to the Ready To Run than just good conversation, old whiskey and Classic horses. There’s an old saying among its oldest consignors, that if you’re not already a millionaire, the Ready To Run can make you one.

Igugu, Pierre Jourdan, Smanjemanje, Fisani, Imbongi, Paris Perfect, Hear The Drums, Desert Links, Hollywoodboulevard, Blue Voyager, Mannequin, Icy Air, Emperor Napoleon, Pick Six, Rebel King, Nhlavini, Outcome, Bianconi, Bold Ellinore and Vangelis, some of them bought for modest money, have all reached the magic milestone, and for a sale patronised by most of the nation’s leading stud farms these days, you can bet this is only the appetiser.

At R3million, the Ready To Run Cup is not only Africa’s second richest horserace, it’s as much as the Sharks and Western Province had on the line for Saturday’s Currie Cup final. There’s another dimension though, to the Ready To Run, which takes it beyond the “one-trick pony” realm, and that lies in its style. We’ve talked about the English Derby, we’ve talked about the Kentucky Derby, and we’ve talked about the July, but what we haven’t talked about, is the patrons of the Ready To Run. For all their grandeur, none of the Derbies or the July, can match the “Emperors” version for its “royal” connections.

No race on the Gauteng calendar generates the “gas” of the Cup, and it’s not only the cash, but the occasion. Many a septuagenarian will tell you that you need to go back to the Summer Cups of the 50s and the 60s to know the buzz we’ll witness again in Saturday’s parade ring. Racing in general and the Ready To Run in particular, have been the beneficiaries of the love of the sport of two of the continent’s most respected heads of state, their Majesties King Letsie III and Queen Masenate of Lesotho, and just last year, the grace of the raceday claimed the endorsement of the world’s most glamorous “royal”, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco. The prestige of the sale has its genesis in the assembly at the Summerhill gallops of some of the nation’s most astute judges of horseflesh, and in the appointment this year of Peter Miller, the former minister of finance, as Patron of the Gallops, for his outstanding service to racing over several decades.

No doubt about it, the Emperors Palace Ready To Run has arrived, and it’s here to stay. Pizzazz, charisma and cash, all the ingredients of an epic, and whether you’re a player or a spectator, you can’t help but be at the bullring when the auctioneers take to the stand at 4pm on Friday.

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

Saturday 2nd November

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

Lots 1-110 • Friday 1st November

Lots 111-248 • Sunday 3rd November

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Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

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IKIMASU GOES... GOES... GOES

Ikimasu Horse
Ikimasu Horse

Watch Ikimasu winning her maiden

(Image : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

IKIMASU

2012 SUMMERHILL READY TO RUN GRADUATE

IKIMASU

Admire Main (JPN) - Espinado by Joshua Dancer (USA)

3 Year-Old Bay Filly

Owners : Messrs H B Odendaal, Pravin Chetty and Summerhill Stud Syndicate (Nom: Mr M J B Goss)

Trainer : Gary Alexander

Jockey : Robbie Fradd

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

IKIMASU is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2012 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

HELM CONSTRUCTION MAIDEN PLATE (F and M)

For Maiden Fillies and Mares

Turffontein, Turf, 1600m

29 October 2013

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

IKIMASU

58.0

9

R Fradd

G Alexander

2

2.25

CATCH A THIEF

60.0

1

W Marwing (2.5)

G Scott

3

2.50

BRAINSTORM

60.0

3

G Lerena

E Verdonese

4

5.00

LIVE ACTION

58.0

6

C Maujean

M Houdalakis

5

5.50

MAYAN DESTINY

58.0

8

A Aucharuz

P Matchett

6

8.00

SLICK DEPUTY

58.0

2

I Sturgeon

R Magner

7

10.50

HONEY BUN

58.0

4

K Latham

M de Kock

8

11.75

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND

58.0

5

G Wrogemann

S Moffatt

9

14.25

SEMI PEARL

58.0

10

K Zechner

O Ferraris

10

n/a

WALLASEY

58.0

7

S Khumalo

D Stenger

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COUNTDOWN TO READY TO RUN 2013

Ready To Run Lot 124 Close Relative
Ready To Run Lot 124 Close Relative

Lot 124 Close Relative, full sister to Uncle Tommy and Rebel Queen

(Photo : Leigh Willson)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Complex, South Africa

1 & 3 November 2013

Dave Mollett
Dave Mollett

Dave Mollett

Racing Editor

Business DaySummerhill Stud boss, Mick Goss, arrived in Johannesburg yesterday ahead of this weekend’s Emperors Palace Ready-To-Run Sale in Germiston and the champion breeder will be particularly interested in the result of the third race at the Vaal today.

The field for the 1200m sprint includes trainer Weiho Marwing’s top performer, Uncle Tommy, and Summerhill will be offering his full-sister at the second session of the sale on Sunday (14h00 kick-off).

While the filly, named Close Relative, is unlikely to make Uncle Tommy’s purchase price of R2,4 million, she should sell well as she’s also a full-sister to the six-time winner, Rebel Queen.

The first session of the Ready-To-Run Sale takes place on Friday (16h00) when auctioneers Andrew Miller, Graeme Hawkins and Allan Sinclair will be on the rostrum.

One standout lot on Friday is Summerhill’s Kahal colt, Dakiwe, who is a half-brother to trainer Gary Alexander’s former champion, Pierre Jourdan. A nine-time winner including the Grade 1 SA Classic, Pierre Jourdan was recently retired to the old-age paddocks at Summerhill.

Also due in the ring during the first session is a half-brother (by Mullins Bay) to trainer Michael Azzie’s three-time winner, Emperor Augustus. Other notable lots on pedigree are a half-sister to Captain Of All consigned by Far End Pre Training and Klawervlei Stud’s Jay Peg colt out of the five-time winner, Storm Flo.

Balmoral Stud will sell the first produce of their mare, Twilight Again, who is a half-sister to Durban Gold Cup winner, Desert Links. The youngster is by Kahal who has a staggering 30 of his offspring for sale in the 248-strong catalogue.

Albert Mooney scored a timely win in Mauritius on Sunday as Ambleway Thoroughbred Stables will be offering his half-brother by former champion sire, Fort Wood. The gelding was one of three winners on the card for jockey Johnny Geroudis.

Uncle Tommy’s opposition at the Vaal this afternoon includes the Sean Tarry inmate, Across The Ice, who is reunited with champion jockey, Piere Strydom. The seven-year-old seems unlikely to beat Weiho Marwing’s runner on level weight terms.

An interesting sand debutante in this race is Distiguished who represents the stable of Charles Laird who has brought a team of horses for the Gauteng Summer season. The five year-old should be closely monitored in the betting market.

The banker bet on today’s eight-race programme should be Storm Surf who can show his rivals a clean pair of heels in the final leg of the jackpot. Trained by Kom Naidoo, the six-year-old has won five times at today’s track and finished a creditable fifth in the recent Emerald Cup.

St John Gray puts Aussie-bred, Adams Rock, on the sand for the first time in this race and the four-year-old may pose the main threat to Storm Surf. However, it will be a surprise if the latter doesn’t provide this season’s leading rider, S’manga Khumalo, with another winner.

Robbie Fradd won Sunday’s Algoa Cup on Disco Al and could be victorious on Storm Surf’s stablemate, Control Tower, in the fourth race. The mare ran well on today’s surface last time out and could edge out the hattrick-seeking, Cante Libre.

Extract from Business Day

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MAKE YOUR OWN HISTORY

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale - Brave Tin Soldier
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale - Brave Tin Soldier

BRAVE TIN SOLDIER

“The pedigree, performance and physique to go all the way.”

World’s most expensive foal.

Ever.

Stakes winning juvenile at 6 furlongs.

As a maiden.

Group winning miler.

In record time.

First 4 sires all champions.

And bred 104 Gr1 winners.

1ST CROP.

EMPERORS PALACEREADY TO RUN SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park

1/3 November 2013

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BRAVE TIN SOLDIER & AP ARROW OFF THE MARK

Lot 172 Iwo Jima
Lot 172 Iwo Jima

Lot 172 Iwo Jima (Brave Tin Soldier - In Style)

Half-brother to Grade 2 winner and Durban July runner-up Smanjemanje (Kahal)

(Photo : Leigh Willson)

“Timely wins with the Ready To Run Sale now barely a week away.”

In addition to Classic Illusion’s victory in the Grade 3 Yellowwood, there was further cause for celebration at Summerhill Stud this week when two of its stallions sired their first winners, timely ones at that, with the Ready To Run Sale now barely a week away.

Brave Tin Soldier was first to strike, when his American-bred juvenile son Don’t Waste My Time broke his maiden second time out at Laurel. The New Jersey-bred, out of the Not For Sale mare Motel Love, is one of a handful of foals sired in the States by Brave Tin Soldier, prior to joining the Summerhill stallion roster in 2010.

A globetrotting son of Storm Cat, the handsome Brave Tin Soldier raced in Britain, France, Dubai and the States.

Successful in the Listed Blenheim Stakes as a member of the powerful Ballydoyle contingent at two, he overcame a career-threatening stress fracture to add three further races to his resume. After winning for Mike de Kock in Dubai, he scored a career-best victory in the Grade 3 Cliff Hanger Stakes over the Meadowlands turf.

A $3-million foal purchase, the regally-bred bay is out of the Mr Prospector mare Bless, an unraced full-sister to Fusaichi Pegasus.

Brave Tin Soldier’s first yearlings were extremely well-received in the sales ring this year and he returned the highest average of all first-season sires at the National Yearling Sale. His 14 youngsters catalogues for next week’s sale include a half-brother to Grade 2 winner and Durban July runner-up Smanjemanje (Kahal).

Fellow Summerhill inmate A.P. Arrow also registered his initial winner when first-crop daughter Flight Check broke her maiden in fine style at Turffontein. Placed in her last three starts up to 1800m, the Gavin van Zyl-trained miss stretched out to 2600m and came home full of run to score by the best part of three lengths.

An accomplished son of “Emperor of stallions” A.P. Indy out of a three-parts sister to South American Champion stallion Hussonet, AP Arrow counted both the Grade 2 Clark Handicap and Grade 3 Skip Away Handicap amongst his five career wins, was also Grade 1-placed on three occasions and earned close to $1.5-million. He will be represented at next week’s Ready To Run Sale by a sizeable draft of 23.

Extract from European Bloodstock News

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READY TO RACE

Umgiyo Horse
Umgiyo Horse

Umgiyo - Mathew de Kock’s pick for the Cup

(Photo : Gold Circle)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Turffontein, South Africa

2 November 2013

When the legendary investor, Warren Buffet, named his biography “The Snowball”, he was talking about momentum and accumulation. And that’s exactly what’s going on right now as the countdown starts for the R3million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup on Saturday week. With almost two-thirds of the top 36 in contention for a place in the Cup sold from our stable yard last November, you can imagine that while 600 souls rest their heads on a Summerhill pillow every night, there’s not been an awful lot of sleeping going on here. Unable to resist a couple of calls to those with contenders, we caught up with the latest action.

Deputising for his Dad (who only returned from the UK last night), Mathew de Kock tells us their Stronghold filly, Celtic Legend, will be fit for the race, despite her lack of “prep”. We’ve heard that from the De Kock stable before, and most times you can bank on it; so when you hear him say they think she’ll be in the money, it’s worth pricking up your ears. That said, we reminded him that “in the money” in the Ready To Run Cup is different to most other races, because they pay right down to tenth place, where the stake is R65,000, equivalent to a top division in some places. Encosta Da Lago is one of modern Australian racing’s most successful stallions, and this yard has his son Duly Ordained, engaged: it’s Mathew’s view that he’ll get better with more ground, but expects his class to get him into the money, and reckons he’ll be all over them in the closing furlongs. His pick however, is Umgiyo, a R525,000 purchase from our draft last year, who especially pleased his connections last-up over the “blitz” 1160 metres of the Turffontein straight on his seasonal return. Let’s not forget, there’s a bit of class here too; he was placed in the Premiers Champion Juvenile (Gr.1) at the end of last season, so the distance shouldn’t trouble him, and he’s obviously a big runner.

It’s always refreshing when new talent pops up among our professionals, and Johan Janse Van Vuuren has bounced in from “left field”, bang into the melting pot. For a young yard just out of its maiden season, it’s astonishing that they should have two in contention, one of whom, Casha, is an unlikely starter. The sister to former Gr.1 Summerhill graduate, Disappear, caught the stable off-guard with a first-up victory, but her conditioner says she needs time between her runs, and will be an even smarter filly come the autumn. You can afford to be “picky” though, when you have the mightily impressive Winter Staramong the strings in your bow, and the daughter of Solskjaer (the only sire with three nominees among the top 16 on the present log) gave notice of her well-being on her seasonal comeback, with a runaway victory at Turffontein. She’s in excellent shape, according to Van Vuuren, and completes her preparation with a gallop on Friday. This is new territory for a young yard, and knowing it’s for publication, there was a professional reticence about saying much more. Take it from us though, she’s a runner.

Gavin Van Zyl has three “possibilities” under his command, the most likely of which on the ratings, is last Saturday’s 2.5 length victress of a 1000 metre maiden at Turffontein. Diamond Diva is yet another advertising the merits of Solskjaer; as a daughter of this debonair 2000 meter horse, and a sister to the Gold Cup (Gr.1) ace Diamond Quest, there’s little reason her career will stop at a 1000 metres; if pedigree means anything, we can only hope the selection panel know that, and give her credit for her class, rather than judge her for her confinement to sprinting. The one Van Zyl feels bullish about however, is Bodybuilder, who’s not only made the money in Stakes class, but looked half decent when rattling up his maiden at Turffontein a month ago. He didn’t have the run of the race on his return, nor did the inner track at Turffontein suit his style, but he ran creditably enough, and they expect him to make the cut. Nobody would be surprised if he does, and nobody here would be surprised if he finds himself in the mix on the big day. His owner,“Buffalo Bill” Burnard, has the Midas touch, and anything carrying his name in a racecard, demands respect.

We took time out when talking to Van Zyl, to enquire how No Worries was doing in Cape Town. He’s out at Noordhoek Beach apparently, and he’s taken to it like a duck to water. Look for a big season from this son of the former East Cape Horse of the Year Coastal Waltz, who carried the colours of one of the best men in the game, Glanville Gardiner, to the number one box on no fewer than ten occasions.

More from Sean Tarry, Charles Laird and Michael Azzie on the weekend.

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

Lots 1-110 • Friday 1st November

Lots 111-248 • Sunday 3rd November

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